Why “Magic and Religion”?

For nearly a century, scholars have been debating whether cultural practices called “magic” are distinct or separate from “religion.”  Several scholars have observed that there appear to be few principled distinctions between magic and religion, and that people who characterize themselves as “religious” often derogate different religious practices by labeling them as mere “magic.”  This Category will examine those debates and the obvious parallels between magic and religion.

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